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Pressure is mounting for a decision in Washington that would lift the crude oil export ban. Energy executives met with Obama administration officials last week to lobby for lifting it. This past weekend, they made their case at an energy conference in Colorado.  

Former World Chess Champion and Russian political activist Garry Kasparov was in Cheyenne and Laramie last Friday to discuss global politics and American leadership. Kasparov says under President Vladimir Putin, Russia presents the greatest threat to global security.

“It seems that he believes, and his cronies keep repeating it, that Putin is Russia and Russia is Putin, which means his personal failure he may consider as a signal to bring the entire country down with him.”

Prior to election night the University of Wyoming conducted a survey of state residents about their views on candidates and their attitudes about some key issues. University of Wyoming Professor Jim King joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck to discuss what they found.

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Journalist Bob Woodward, famous for exposing the Watergate Scandal, was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Wyoming Forum in Cheyenne yesterday.

He talked about the work he did with Carl Bernstein at the Washington Post that contributed to President Nixon’s resignation. He also discussed the presidency of Obama, who he characterized as failing to connect with Congress or convey strength abroad, despite his admirable goals.

Woodward says he’s concerned about growing polarization in American society.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is seeking his second term in office and one of the things he is touting is growth in business and the state’s overall economy. Democratic challenger Pete Gosar admits that on paper the economy looks good, but he says it lacks diversity and says if you aren’t working in the energy sector…things might not be so great. Bob Beck spoke with both candidates about the economy and has this report.

Linda Fleming was the first woman to be appointed or elected for public office in the Carbon County town of Baggs. After her long tenure as both mayor and county commissioner, she turned her leadership talents to ministry.

Cynthia Lummis

If you think having candidates stopping by your home can get annoying, Wyoming U-S Representative Cynthia Lummis feels your pain. Following the primary election loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Lummis is being bombarded by those interested in that job and other leadership jobs that may come free after Cantor's replacement is chosen. Lummis told Bob Beck that the internal campaigning is something to watch.

Cheyenne-native and retired priest Charlie Hardy has announced his bid to run in the 2014 U.S. Senate race against incumbent Senator Mike Enzi.  Hardy says he feels compelled to run because he wants to bring some of Wyoming’s values—like cooperation and respect—out to Washington.   He says his opponent hasn’t done such a good job of representing Wyoming’s values.

“He is a very nice person, very pleasant person,” he says.  “But if you look at the voting record, I think there’s been some voting that hasn’t been very nice and hasn’t really served the people of Wyoming.”

Ruth Ann moved to Jackson, Wyoming to start her own business in 1988.  Since then, she has owned two successful businesses and has become involved in Wyoming politics.  Learn about her journey to Jackson and her desire to serve as a Wyoming Representative.

Kevin Kallaugher’s (KAL) work for The Sun and The Economist has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide, including Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Pravda, Krokodil, Daily Yomiuri, The Australian, The International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

A review of state legislative work shows that 37 states are led by one party, and that has led to changes in many state laws across country.  The report was published by Stateline, a news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Editor Sandy Johnson says having majorities in legislative bodies helps pass a lot of legislation, from pro-marijuana laws in more Democratic States to loosening gun laws in more Republican states like Wyoming.  Johnson says that it’s led to other changes as well.

Senator Simpson Speaks Out On Deficit

Nov 29, 2012

Former U-S Senator Alan Simpson is in Washington D-C speaking to members of Congress about his concerns surrounding the deficit. 

He told Congressional leaders that America cannot go off the fiscal cliff.

“Well it will be a disaster because the markets will then respond and those are the people that loaned us the money and they will say we can see you are dysfunctional you’ve proven that you couldn’t do a lick to sustain the solvency of the Social Security System.”

The state's treasurer and its longest serving attorney general has died. Joseph "Joe" Meyer was 71.
 
     Meyer's family said in a statement that he died Saturday. No cause of death was released, but Meyer was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009. He had brain surgery in January to remove cancer deposits.
 
     His death comes just days after the University of Wyoming announced he would receive a distinguished alumni award at homecoming next week. Meyer graduated from the school with a bachelor's degree in 1964 and a law degree in 1967.
 

Breaking with some members of their party, 40 House Republicans including Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis are urging the congressional' supercommittee on to consider all options for raising revenue as they hunt for ways to trim the national debt, including taxes.

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